That's right. Forget your discussions of mere trifles like gun control or the fiscal cliff. It's time to discuss something of real importance. It's time to talk sandwiches.
Maybe I just have the world's worst memory, but it seems to me that less than a decade ago, you could go into your average deli/cafe/coffee shop type of place and get a reasonable sandwich-type item of pretty good quality for under five dollars. I'm not talking about fast food (including Subway), but I'm not talking about sliced filet mignon topped with caviar, either. I'm also not talking about something the size of your head. I'm saying that you could get something like a "Santa Fe chicken wrap" at a deli that's just like 100,000 other delis in the country for a price like $3.99 a few years ago, and now you're lucky if it's $5.49. Usually that's not even as part of some cockamamie "meal" that comes with bad fries you don't want and a soda that's mostly ice.
Am I the only one who's noticed this specific sandwich-related inflation? I'm not even talking about food inflation in general, even though that's been high itself. Sandwich-type items have blown by broader food prices. And I would guess that this is more specific to big cities and their suburbs than, say, Topeka. But the era of sandwiches costing $7, $8, $9 as a matter of routine seems like it came out of nowhere. Do you agree?